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[News] Microsoft's Patent Terrorism Against GNU/Linux Began 5 Years Ago

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Inside Microsoft's landmark Novell deal

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| The Novell deal, though, is the most interesting tale and the one to which 
| Phelps and co-author David Kline go into the most detail. It began 
| as "Project Summer"--an effort to get at least one major Linux vendor to sign 
| a pact with Microsoft by the summer of 2004. It began with a well-regarded 
| salesperson, Susan Hauser, being tapped to confidentially meet with customers 
| and see how much support there was for some sort of Microsoft-Linux 
| partnership.      
| The customers were game, Phelps and Kline write, but unwilling to become a 
| party in the negotiations themselves. As the effort took longer than 
| Microsoft wanted it became "project next summer," the authors quip. The 
| company met with Red Hat, starting in the fall of 2004, as part of "Project 
| Bridge Builder," though talks broke down after a year and a half. Just as 
| those talks were collapsing, in June 2006, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer 
| Kevin Turner got a call from Novell's then-president, Ron Hovsepian. A few 
| days after that, Brad Smith called Hovsepian back and a new effort, "Project  
| Blue," was born.       
| The sides first met face to face two weeks later at a Hyatt near the Chicago 
| airport. That meeting took place amid a convention of female bodybuilders. 
| Another meeting took place in September, this time at Microsoft's outside 
| counsel's office--in the same conference room where several months earlier 
| Microsoft had hammered out an agreement with Sun Microsystems.    
| "Given the challenges of coming together with Novell," Smith says in the 
| book, "I thought it made sense to meet in the same conference room... Plus, 
| since the room had been lucky for us once before, I figured that couldn't 
| hurt either."   
| Talks progressed, but had not reached a conclusion. Smith suggested the two 
| sides set an October 31 deadline for reaching a deal. Novell agreed that the 
| deal would be "done or dead by Halloween." After the last-minute end-run 
| around the GPL, the two sides got the deal done and announced it to the world 
| on November 2, 2006.     



Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

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| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and
| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local
| executive for Sun Microsystems.


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
| is to provoke fear.
| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
| the country.

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